The First Blimp in Washington DC's New Missile Shield Is Aloft

After years of anticipation, the United States Army has finally floated the first of two football field-sized blimps that will serve as a missile shield for Washington DC. The tethered, helium-filled aerostat is equipped with anti-missile and anti-drone radar to protect the capital from attacks. It also looks like a… » 12/30/14 12:43pm 12/30/14 12:43pm

I Floated 1,000 Feet Above NYC In the MetLife Blimp

We've all seen the MetLife blimp, emblazoned with Snoopy, floating slowly along the NYC skyline once a year every summer. Far fewer have seen the view from inside the blimp. But this month, I was lucky enough to ride along with British-born pilot Mark Finney as he steered MetLife's 20-year-old Snoopy 1 along this… » 7/28/14 11:01am 7/28/14 11:01am

These Massive Hangars in Orange County Once Housed WWII Airships

Rising conspicuously above the red-tile roofs and big-box stores of suburban Tustin, California, these two massive hangars stand as monuments to a lost age of aviation, built when lighter-than-air dirigibles held promise as the future of air travel—and air warfare. » 7/17/14 4:43pm 7/17/14 4:43pm

These High-Flying Drones Almost Hit Satellite Status

Low earth orbit is becoming increasingly crowded with satellite traffic and, as Gravity showed us, increasingly treacherous. So rather than try to squeeze yet another spacecraft into the mix, a French consortium has begun development on a super-high altitude, autonomous dirigible that will skim along the edge of the… » 3/21/14 11:40am 3/21/14 11:40am

A Fleet of Blimps Will Soon Serve as a Missile Shield Over Washington

A still-chilling consequence of post-9/11 America is that we remain all too aware of the fact that we could be attacked at any moment. And so with worst case scenarios in mind, the military is constantly upgrading our defense systems in increasingly creative ways. Washington DC is next in line. It's getting blimps. » 7/24/13 10:35am 7/24/13 10:35am

Watch Goodyear Build Its New Blimp-Replacing Zeppelin

The current Goodyear Blimps have been watching NFL games from the sky since 1969, and now, just like a player who's been on the receiving end of too many bad tackles, it's time to retire in favor of something younger and faster. So taking the place of the aging GZ-20 blimps are three new Zeppelin NTs, which you can… » 7/23/13 3:38pm 7/23/13 3:38pm

It's Completely Safe to Crash This Fake RC Blimp In Your Living Room

Taking a few notes from the Hindenburg disaster, China's Amax Toys has created what appears to be a remote control flying zeppelin letting you recreate the glory days air travel. But upon closer examination, it's actually a dual-rotor RC helicopter with a rollcage designed to only look like a blimp. » 2/11/13 2:20pm 2/11/13 2:20pm

Spy Blimp Caught Rogue Soldier on Tape After Shooting Spree

Above a small base in southern Afghanistan, a spy blimp captured video of the perpetrator of Sunday's massacre surrendering to base forces. The question now becomes what other aspects of the killings, which left 16 Afghan civilians dead, are detailed in that video - or in any other footage that may have been shot by… » 3/14/12 6:20pm 3/14/12 6:20pm